The Mars Petcare® Recycling Programme

Recycle all pet food plastic pouches & flexible plastic bags through this programme

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Recycling in partnership with Whiskas® and James Wellbeloved®

You can recycle your pet food plastic pouches and flexible plastic bags through a network of public drop-off locations across the UK.

To learn more, please take a look at the “How It Works” section further down the page.  

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We understand there is a lot of support for this programme and a demand for recycling pet food packaging. Please be assured we are in the process of working with the wider Pet Food industry to provide further recycling opportunities. In the meantime, we kindly ask you to drop off your pet food plastic pouches & flexible plastic bags at an existing drop-off location.

Drop-off locations

Click on the map for drop-off locations

This map is constantly being updated

Find your nearest public drop-off locations on the map above.

How it works

There are 2 different ways to participate in this programme:

1) Drop off your waste at your nearest public drop-off location

Find your nearest public drop-off location on the interactive map above and drop off your pet food plastic pouches & flexible plastic bags during the opening hours.

To learn more about public drop-off locations, please click here.

2) Register your interest to set up a public drop-off location if there are none near you

If there are no public drop-off locations near you (within 20 miles), you can register your interest to set one up.

We are looking to strategically widen the public drop-off location network in areas with less coverage. But due to high demand, joining the programme as public drop-off location is now application based. There are currently no spaces available but if more spaces are opened, applicants would be reviewed on a quarterly basis.

Please note you are more likely to be chosen if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are located 20 miles away from an existing public drop-off location
  • Your location is easily accessible by the public e.g. community organisations, schools or stores (not home addresses)
  • Your location is able to meet the 12kg minimum shipment weight requirement

If you can meet these requirements, please register your interest by filling in this form.

To learn more about what public drop-off locations are and what it involves to set up one, please click here.

Once you are a member of the programme (by setting up a public drop-off location or becoming a private collector) and when you are ready to send a shipment, please follow these steps:

  1. Download a free UPS label from your account
  2. Print your label out
  3. Attach your label to your parcel. Please make sure you use a sturdy cardboard box which is no larger than 60x60x50cm in size. 
  4. ​Simply book a free pick-up via UPS by calling 03457 877 877 or book online via this link. Alternatively, you can also drop off your parcel at your closest UPS drop-off point, which you can find here.

What you can recycle in this programme

Please check out our Accepted Waste Poster below for more details.

Best practices for collecting

In order to recycle this waste stream properly, please only send accepted packaging (see accepted waste above).

Please make sure all excess product has been removed (i.e. leftover product) from the packaging, and please rinse the wet food pouches thoroughly and let them dry before placing them in a box. Please note that soaked or wet shipping boxes might be refused by our carrier.

Tape the box together securely ensuring there are no loose edges or corners. Print your label and attach it securely to the shipment.

What happens to this waste

Once collected, the aggregated plastic pet food packaging are sorted, shredded and washed. Food residue is composted. The material is then densified into hard-granulated plastic granules. The granules are then extruded so they can be incorporated into the production of different plastic products such as fence posts and benches.

Click here to learn more about the recycling process.


This programme offers 50 TerraCycle® points for each kilogram of plastic pet food packaging sent. However, the points will only be awarded if the parcel reaches the minimum weight of 12 kilogram.

For example:

1 kilogram of plastic pet food packaging = 0 TerraCycle® points
12 kilograms of plastic pet food packaging = 600 TerraCycle® points
15 kilograms of plastic pet food packaging = 750 TerraCycle® points

Please note that TerraCycle® points are credited to the accounts of programme members only as a reward for their collection efforts. The number of points given is determined by the weight of the parcel. 1 TerraCycle® point is worth 1 penny.

Once credited, the points can be redeemed into financial donations to the charity or school chosen by the owner of the points. The points must be redeemed on the TerraCycle® website.


At Whiskas we're devoted to helping all cats live healthier & happier lives. We know that not only do you love your cat’s independent spirit, but you also want to give them the best possible care. Because their nutritional needs will change throughout her life, the Whiskas range offers delicious meals specially formulated to give them the diet they need, at the age when they need it. Find out more about the Whiskas products here.

Here at James Wellbeloved, we make wholesome, delicious and naturally healthy food to help your pet eat better and live better. Our tasty recipes are naturally hypoallergenic, made with simple ingredients and are full of goodness. Best of all, you can be sure they’re enjoying a balanced diet with no artificial preservatives, flavours or colours. Because it’s only natural to want your pet to love their food and live a healthier, happier life. Find out more about the James Wellbeloved products here.

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